What’s in a name? Southern African animal edition

African nomenclature is rife with symbolism and meaning. Bushwise general manager, and true master of the field – Trevor Myburgh – explores the symbolism behind the names of Southern Africa’s most notorious animals in this series. The Zulu word for lion Ngonyama means ‘the master of all flesh’. This name consists of two words, ‘ngo’...

Just not there yet

“You are just not there yet.” Colin Patrick’s words cut through to my soul as I swallowed my tears and looked at the ground to hide the frustration in my eyes. This was my first trailing assessment and I had been so sure that I would get level 2. I just wanted to be a...

The Secret life of Antlions

By Darryn Murray – Bushwise trainer                       Having had a look at the above picture with no scale reference, one would be forgiven for thinking that we might be looking at something out of Jurassic Park or even Alien vs Predator. These amazing creatures are...

Bushwise celebrates a glorious 15 year anniversary

We feature Kimberley Pierce (Jersey, UK) one of our very first alumni, who completed her course in January 2006.  This is her story. My mum, who grew up in Zimbabwe, introduced me to Southern Africa early on in my childhood. It was love at first sight. Determined to gobble up all the knowledge I could...

The importance of game paths

A blog by Jack Hutchinson (Head trainer at the Bushwise Balule campus) Every guide or tracker will at some point in their career wonder ‘where that game path goes?’ We take many hours and even months to study and remember the road networks of reserves. This is mainly not to get lost, but also to...

What goes on inside the head of an Elephant?

By Darryn Murray – Bushwise Mahlahla campus trainer   To see an African Elephant while out on safari is always an amazing sight and high up on most people’s bucket lists. But even more amazing is what goes on beneath the skin. The skull of the African Elephant is a phenomenal work of nature. The...

Student’s take on Bushwise conservation work

BY: Jared James, student, 2021 The week started off at the crack of dawn with early morning game drives for both team A and team B. Guides for the day were Taya, Mat Foulsham and Daniel for team A while team B had Jenika, Erin and Geena as their guides. Team A decided they were...

Practical drives, tropical storms and FOH workshop

BY: Daniel Greyvenstein, student 2021 After a weekend of studying, the week kicked off with the exciting stuff: practical drives. This meant going out at the crack of dawn to be ready for the new day ahead and arriving at camp well after dark, but no one complained because we were finally doing what we...

Week 2: When the ice starts to break

BY: Mitchell Robinson, student 2021 Week 2 got off to an amazing start. Our ‘honeymoon’ game drive was very enjoyable. Our trainers took us out on a game drive in Makalali Private Game Reserve. They treated us as guests and did everything for us. Even though no big cats were seen, that didn’t dampen our...